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Short Story Writing Lessons from WritingFix..."Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl

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A R.A.F.T. Writing Prompt from WritingFix

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a R.A.F.T. Lesson:
Convince that Jury

inspired by Roald Dahl's
"Lamb to the Slaughter"

This R.A.F.T. prompt was created by Dena Harrison of the Northern Nevada Writing Project during a workshop for teachers.

This RAFT writing prompt was inspired by Roald Dahl's short story, "Lamb to the Slaughter," which can be found in many short story collections, including the one pictured at right. Before writing to this page's prompt, students should read and discuss the craft of this fine short story author! A summary of the short story can be found below.


Role Audience Format Topic Strong verb
Defense Attorney Judge/Jury Closing Argument Topic Verb

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When I wrote up this lesson in the summer of 2009, I realized I had not saved any of the student samples from the many years that I taught this lesson. I am figuring out when I will teach it again, so I can post samples from my own students, but if you teach the lesson and end up with a great student sample that can be photographed and sent over e-mail to me, I will happily send you one of the NNWP's Print Publications for sharing. My e-mail address is


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